After our arrival at the Malage VTC we directly began with buying the material needed to build two SoWaDi devices. Because Elli was sick and had to stay home, Tim, Ludwig and Gasiano drove to Mwanga which is approximately 20 minutes from the VTC. We first started to get an overview and bought some material like the glass panes, spray paint, wire, containers, tube connections and screws. For buying the timber we turned to a local seller close to the VTC. Because the timber was not of a very good quality and varied a lot in size we only bouhjt the material for one rack.
On the next day we started another attempt at getting better timber. We found another timber place in Kisangara with a better selection of sizes and better quality. In addition to that there was a wood workshop where we could get the timber cut and slimmed down to the right measurements.
For the things we couldn’t get in Kisangara or Mwanga we drove about 1½ hours to Moshi, a city with over 150.000 inhabitants. We got everything there from copper tubr to aluminium sheet. The only thing we didn’t find was isolation material like glass wool. Gasiano’s suggestion for this was to substitute it with locally produced sisal.
On saturday we got the prepared timber from the wood workshop and also finished some paperwork like writing reports.